COVID-19 has fast-forwarded many of the nascent lifestyle habits that were already growing in popularity, with working from home and online shopping being the two most obvious. While the lockdown restrictions have been difficult, there is some evidence to suggest that it has forced a shift towards more sustainable living.
A growing number of people, including The Prince of Wales, have pointed out that the pandemic offers us a golden opportunity to put the world on a more sustainable path of growth, and we agree.
We all know that food is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, which is the major cause of climate change. But we believe that socially responsible businesses can put us onto a more sustainable path by implementing new solutions that set the standard for the industry. That’s why at Farmdrop we’ve built a service around five key pillars that we believe are critical to a more environmentally-friendly food system. Here is a reminder of the progess you’re helping to make happen by shopping at Farmdrop.
1. Best payment terms for farmers
Farmdrop’s Founder, Ben Pugh, with organic farmer, Rowie Meers
We offer the best payment terms for farmers so they can use the most sustainable methods. A better food system is one where the people who make our food receive the lion’s share of profits when it’s sold. Better payment terms gives farmers and other food producers the resources to conserve their land and look after their animals responsibly.
2. Put animals first
Fosse Meadows’ chickens are truly free-range birds
All our meat is British, free-range, organic, or pasture-fed. Humanely raised meat is fundamental to a better food system. Every animal deserves respect and when farmed responsibly livestock are the key to a more sustainable future. Pasture-fed beef and lamb, for example, is not only nutritious, but it also nourishes the earth’s soils and takes carbon out of the atmosphere. At Farmdrop, all our meat is British, free-range and either organic or pasture-fed. No exceptions.
3. Planet-friendly packaging
Watch Ben break down our six-week plastic packaging challenge.
We use compostable, planet-friendly packaging instead of plastic, wherever possible. Wrapping food that lasts days in plastic packaging that lasts hundreds of years is nonsense. Only 7 per cent of the world’s plastic has been recycled, and every year we tip the equivalent of 650,000 double-decker bus loads of plastic into the ocean. We urgently need to start wrapping food in packaging made from renewable and planet-friendly materials. That’s why Farmdrop uses plant-based, compostable, and plastic-free packaging wherever possible.
4. Zero-emission electric vans
85% of home deliveries arrive in zero-emission electric vans
85% of home deliveries arrive in zero-emission electric vans powered with 100% renewable energy. Breathable, clean air is fundamental to a healthy life but in London alone nearly 4 million people and a quarter of all school children are exposed to illegal levels of nitrous oxide. However, it is possible to meet our growing demand for online shopping without polluting the air we breathe. At Farmdrop, 85 per cent of our deliveries are made using electric delivery vehicles, powered by 100 per cent renewable green energy.
5. Delicious, truly sustainable food
Amazing fresh food delivered directly from sustainable farms.
We only source from farmers who use the most sustainable methods. So when you buy your fresh produce from Farmdrop, your helping to promote a better world, with less synthetic fertilisers, fewer factory farms, healthier soils, and more wildlife. Organic farms work with the natural environment by rotating crops and selecting varieties with an inbuilt resistance to pests and diseases. According to the Soil Association, if all of UK farming was organic then pesticide use would drop by a staggering 98%.
Read more here on how Farmdrop is also helping you cut food waste from farm to fork.